Ga. GOP senators release joint statement, demand secretary of state resign over handling of election

GOP Sens. David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler are demanding that Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger after deeming his handling of the 2020 elections an “embarrassment.”

In a joint statement that was tweeted by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s political reporter Greg Bluestein, both Republican senators — who are both now facing run-off elections in January that could determine control of the Senate — blasted Raffensperger’s (R) “failures” that have garnered “national” attention.

“The management of Georgia elections has become an embarrassment for our state. Georgians are outraged, and rightly so,” the pair said in a joint statement.

“We have been clear from the beginning: every legal vote cast should be counted. Any illegal vote must not. And there must be transparency and uniformity in the counting process. This isn’t hard. This isn’t partisan. This is American,” the noted further.

On Friday, Raffensperger defended the state’s electoral processes after President Donald Trump and supporters accused him of mishandling absentee ballots.

“The stakes are high and emotions are high on all sides,” he told a news conference. “We will not let that debate distract us from our work. We will get it right.”

He also said that the thin margin separating both candidates will trigger a recount in the Peach State; Georgia Republican Rep. Doug Collins, who lost a Senate bid against Loeffler, will lead the recount for Team Trump.

“We’re committed to doing everything we can to maintain trust in our electoral process,” he said.

On Election Night, Trump was leading Democratic rival when election officials in Fulton County, which includes Atlanta, decided to stop counting ballots around 10:30 p.m. The count had already been delayed earlier in the evening after a pipe burst near a room where ballots were being tallied.

In the days since Biden closed the gap as tens of thousands of mail-in ballots, most for him, arrived. As of this writing, Biden is leading by about 11,000 votes in a state where Trump defeated Hillary Clinton by 200,000 in 2016.

In their joint statement, Perdue and Loeffler said they both believe failures “need to be called out” when they occur.

“There have been too many failures in Georgia elections this year and the most recent election has shined a national light on the problems,” they said. “While blame certainly lies elsewhere as well, the buck ultimately stops with the Secretary of State.”

In September, Raffensperger announced that at least a thousand residents who allegedly voted twice in the state’s primary earlier this year.

“The mismanagement and lack of transparency from the Secretary of State is unacceptable,” the two GOP senators noted. “Honest elections are paramount to the foundation of our democracy.

“The Secretary of State has failed to deliver honest and transparent elections. He has failed the people of Georgia, and he should step down immediately.”

On Monday, however, Raffensperger said he had no plans to resign, though he acknowledged the senators’ frustrations.

“I know emotions are running high. Politics are involved in everything right now. If I was Sen. Perdue, I’d be irritated I was in a runoff. And both senators and I are all unhappy with the potential outcome for our president,” he told a press conference.

“But I am the duly elected secretary of state. One of my duties involves helping to run elections for all Georgia voters. I have taken that oath, and I will execute that duty and follow Georgia law.”

DONATE TO BIZPAC REVIEW

Please help us! If you are fed up with letting radical big tech execs, phony fact-checkers, tyrannical liberals and a lying mainstream media have unprecedented power over your news please consider making a donation to BPR to help us fight them. Now is the time. Truth has never been more critical!

Success! Thank you for donating. Please share BPR content to help combat the lies.
Jon Dougherty

Comment

We have no tolerance for comments containing violence, racism, profanity, vulgarity, doxing, or discourteous behavior. If a comment is spam, instead of replying to it please click the ∨ icon below and to the right of that comment. Thank you for partnering with us to maintain fruitful conversation.

PLEASE JOIN OUR NEW COMMENT SYSTEM! We love hearing from our readers and invite you to join us for feedback and great conversation. If you've commented with us before, we'll need you to re-input your email address for this. The public will not see it and we do not share it.

Latest Articles